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MAZ Legal Opinion On The Patriotic Bill

Legal and constitutional challenges to the proposed bill

In this critique, it is argued that the proposed bill is not reasonably justifiable in a modern constitutional democracy such as Zimbabwe. While government, through parliament, reposes the mandate to make laws from time to time, there is a legitimate expectation in the citizenry that such laws
accord with the broader principles, freedoms and rights
enunciated in the constitution.

This is because the constitution is the supreme law of the country and any law or act which unjustifiably takes away from the principles, freedoms or rights laid down in the constitution cannot stand in view of such infraction.
The proposed bill faces real legal and constitutional challenges on several fronts.

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The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ)

The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ)

The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) is an alliance of media support organisations including the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe, Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe chapter), Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ), Zimbabwe National Editors’ Forum (ZINEF), Gender and Media Connect (GMC), the Media Centre, the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS), the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) and the African Community Publishing Development Trust (ACPDT).